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The Rock-itt : June 2011
THEIR ORIGIN One uninspired school holiday found a group of bored teenagers in between mischievous adventures, with nothing to do, nowhere to go and the balance of their lives at tipping point. With a collection of their parents’ instrum ents conveniently available, and a spark of inspiration, it occurred to them all that they shared some previously undiscovered ability with music. They could all sort of play, all sort of knew a few songs, and all sort of started jamming... They sort of never stopped. From the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Feeding Edgar are four mates, two guitars, a bass, some drums, and a bunch of vocal chords. But they haven’t always been. The first seeds were planted years ago when Nick arrived from Melbourne and met Jamie at primary school, aged 6. A year later they decided to become buddies. Playing in a rock band wasn’t always a priority back then, but being knocked back from joining the school church band, aged 9, must have subconsciously driven the guys to prove their passage as musos later in life. Attending different high schools, at the time, didn’t seem like such a great thing, but it turned out beneficial indeed, delivering the other founding members of the group, including current bass player Mickey Delves. Originally from Batemans Bay, Mickey moved to Sydney at around 12 and joined Jamie for the rem aining years of their schooling. Over the years they wrote, rehearsed, perform ed and recorded together, all the while honing their talents and finding their place in the band, and Sydney’s music scene. In 2009 after a few promising demos, five different drumm ers, and hundreds of shows, the band released their first EP tiled ‘Freedom in the Background’. The EP was well received with two singles receiving radio airplay on commercial stations, and amongst other achievements, securing them feature artist status on Radar Radio. In the Summer of 2010, Nick, Jamie and Mickey found themselves again drummerless, and loaded with stacks of new material. The stars aligned however, and Pete Grant arrived. Pete grew up in Avalon and worked for years at the same music store the guys frequented throughout their youth. Little did they know the tattooed drumming machine behind the counter would one day be their backbone. It’s now 2011, Pete has been with the band for over a year, and the chemistry has never been more electric. With the injection of new talent, the band really upped the ante, receiving rave reviews from fans and venues all around Sydney. Their song writing also took a step in the right direction gaining interest from renowned producers Craig Porteils and Ash Maklad. The guys are now working together to produce some new music, with a single due in July. THEIR SOUND Drive, dynamics, heart, hooks and melody. Drawing on their diverse musical interests, Feeding Edgar create a unique style of Melodic Rock with a lingering trace of many other genres. With songs inspired by life and influenced by their quite sundry musical tastes, they aim to give a little part of themselves, to the people, through their music. THEIR DIFFERENCE Feeding Edgar have been playing together their whole lives. If one person could play 4 instruments and have three mouths they’d be that person. They’re like identical quadruplets that look nothing alike and have completely different musical tastes. It’s mates first, songs second, rock stars third. A band is like a marriage and a song is like a child. Feeding Edgar understand that for good songs to be conceived and develop, the band has to be unified. All you need is a lot of coffee and a good marriage counsellor. THEIR PLAN 2010 was really a year of writing, honing and understanding their craft. "You kinda get to a stage after playing for so many years, that you think you know it all. But then you have this humbling mom ent and realise actually you don't, and it’s tim e to rediscover what a good song is all about." After several releases over the years, they’ve been back in the studio, and we can’t wait for their single to drop next month. Their ambition is to make music that will be really appreciated and remembered. Of course it is. "W e just want it to make people really listen, feel, think, and move." They’ll be doing just that as they set off on the road in July on the NSW/QLD leg of the Rock the Schools Tour. Over 7 weeks they’ll visit close to 40 schools and play for thousands of kids up the East coast. Post Rock The Schools, Feeding Edgar is in the hands of the universe with their sights set high. Exposure is a priority, with radio airplay and touring at the top of the list. Their first ambition is to crack Australia, then the world, and the rest of the cosmos. It kinda’ feels like the last 10 years have been leading up to something big, and they are quietly very excited.